Design Patent Attorneys

Protect Your Creative Design With a Patent

Designers are a crucial part of the creative process in many industries and businesses. They create new products, artwork, and ideas that can be patented as intellectual property rights holders. A design patent protects the unique visual appearance of a product and the aesthetic aspects of a product, including its shape, configuration, pattern, and ornamentation. They can be used to protect the appearance of a wide range of products, including consumer electronics, fashion accessories, and home furnishings.

Paul & Paul has decades of experience with design patent protection. A Paul & Paul patent attorney not only has experience with patent applications, but they also are knowledgeable of design rights, product design, knockoffs, trademark protection, graphic user interfaces, and the steps to take to protect your business from competitors. Our lawyers are skilled professionals familiar with many industries and have unique design patent attorney experience.

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What Kinds Of Products Can Get A Design Patent?

Here are some examples of the kinds of products that may be eligible for design patent protection:

  • Furniture: The design of a chair, table, or other piece of furniture can be protected by a design patent. This may include the shape, color, texture, and other visual elements of the product design.
  • Clothing: Clothing designs, such as the pattern or graphic design on a shirt, may be eligible for design patent protection.
  • Jewelry: The design of a piece of jewelry, such as a ring or necklace, can be protected by a patent. This may include the unique look, shape, color, and other visual elements of the design.
  • Consumer products: Many types of consumer products, such as electronics, toys, and kitchen gadgets, may be eligible for design patent protection. The design may include the shape, color, texture, and other visual elements of the product.
  • Packaging: The design of a package or container for a product may be eligible for design patent protection. This may include the shape, color, texture, and other visual elements of the design.

It’s important to note that a design patent only protects the visual appearance of a product, not its function or structure. Additionally, the design must be new, original, and non-obvious to be eligible for patent protection. Consulting with a design patent attorney can help you determine whether your product is eligible for design patent protection and guide you through the design patent application.

How Is A Design Patent Different Than Utility Patent?

While both design patents and utility patents provide intellectual property protection, they differ in what they protect and how they are obtained. Here are some key differences between design patents and utility patents:

  • Protection: A design patent protects the ornamental design of a functional item, while a utility patent protects the functional aspects of an invention.
  • Requirements: To obtain a design patent, the design must be new, original, and non-obvious. To obtain a utility patent, the invention must be new, useful, and non-obvious.
  • Application process: The design patent application process for a design patent is generally simpler and less expensive than the application process for a utility patent. A design patent application must include drawings of the design and a description of the design’s features, while a utility patent application must include a detailed written description of the invention and how it works.
  • Duration: A design patent lasts for 15 years from the date of issuance, while a utility patent lasts for 20 years from the date of filing.
  • Enforcement: The infringement of a design patent is determined by comparing the accused product to the patented design. The infringement of a utility patent is determined by whether the accused product contains all of the elements of the claimed invention.
  • Scope of protection: The scope of protection for a design patent is limited to the visual appearance of the product. The scope of protection for a utility patent is broader and covers the functional aspects of the invention.

Overall, a design patent is more focused on protecting the visual design of a product, while a utility patent is focused on protecting the functional aspects of an invention.

A design patent attorney at Paul & Paul can evaluate your situation and help determine what’s the best patent protection you can receive. To maintain your brand in the market, it’s essential to have all the protection patent law can offer. It’s also essential that products with a global reach have patents, international registration, and other IP protection afforded under the law.

Why A Paul & Paul Design Patent Attorney Is Right For You

The patent attorneys at Paul & Paul have decades of experience working with clients who are designers seeking to grow their companies and maintain their value in the marketplace. Our law firm has worked with designers to file a design patent application and ultimately receive the IP protection they require.

If you have a unique design and require experienced and knowledgeable patent attorneys, call today for an application. Protect your product design and your business. Secure your design rights.

What Our Clients Say

Eric TuchEric Tuch
01:09 26 Jun 20
From the moment I made contact, I was met with professionalism and legal expertise. Alex exceeded my expectations and continues to guide me as I need assistance. I am extremely grateful for his detail in preparing my application, as I was overwhelmed with excitement while reviewing the final draft. If you are seeking intellectual property protection, Paul and Paul provides exceptional service to help you move in the right direction.
Barry RuderBarry Ruder
19:14 16 Sep 19
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Sherrill MoseeSherrill Mosee
21:29 06 Mar 19
Paul and Paul is a great firm to work with, especially if you’re an entrepreneur. I’ve been working with the firm since 2013 and have two patents to show. What I love most about Paul and Paul is that they are a boutique firm. The level of attention I get from my attorney, Mr. Sluzas, is likely not found at a larger firm. My questions and concerns are typically answered within hours of my request, if not sooner. If you’re looking for a firm that is experienced, respected and responsive to your needs, I suggest Paul and Paul.
Michael AtchisonMichael Atchison
00:35 16 Jan 19
Paul & Paul have done great work for our scientific education company for nearly a decade. They successfully submitted our patent application, which was awarded, and have negotiated several business contracts. Their advice is always outstanding, and they are efficient. Their work is excellent and we’ve been very satisfied and impressed.
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23:42 10 Mar 18
I have been working with Paul and Paul for the past 4 years. The attorneys here are very capable and accomplish the goals of the project strategically. They are very considerate and supportive of the financial situation of the client. I enjoy working with Alex Sluzas from Paul and Paul and so far my experience has been fabulous. I will strongly recommend Alex Sluzas to any entrepreneur who is looking for an excellent and a honest patent attorney.